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      ‘A SOLDIER‘S OFFICER‘
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     2, 2007; A01 In a nondescript conference room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside listened last week as an Army prosecutor outlined the criminal case against her in a preliminary hearing. The charges: attempting suicide and endangering the life of another soldier while serving in Iraq.
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      A DAUNTING 3 WEEKS AHEAD FOR CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     2, 2007; A04 Congress returns to Washington on Monday with a full slate of must–do legislation, just three short weeks before the Christmas recess and with four members of the slim Democratic Senate majority likely to miss votes as they campaign for president.

The lawmakers‘ to–do list would b >>>


      AIR NATIONAL GUARD STRAPPED FOR DOCTORS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     FARGO, N.D. –– Dr. Bryan Delage is a marathon runner and former world class biathlete, but National Guard officials worry that recruiting problems are forcing them to push his stamina beyond the limit.

Delage is the lone flight surgeon for a unit that should have four doctors taking care of its pilo >>>


      ANALYSIS: CLINTON CALM IN HOSTAGE CRISIS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     PORTSMOUTH, N.H. –– When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal–looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

The image, broadcast just as the network news began, conveyed the message a thousand >>>


      BODY ID‘D AS MISSING STUDENT, PERFORMER
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     WICHITA, Kan. –– Police on Saturday identified a body found earlier in the week as that of a missing Butler Community College student.

The identification of the body of Emily Sander, 18, was confirmed by a forensic orthodontist, El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said.

The body was released t >>>


      BODY IDENTIFIED AS SECRET PORN STAR‘S
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     WICHITA, Kan. –– Police on Saturday identified a body found earlier in the week as that of a missing Butler Community College student. The identification of the body of Emily Sander, 18, was confirmed by a forensic orthodontist, El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said.

The body was released to Sander& >>>


      CAMPAIGN SOLDIERS ON THE ‘FRONT LINES‘
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Alec MacGillisWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 2, 2007; A07 ROCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 1 –– They are the foot soldiers of the presidential race, the young field workers who toil long hours for little pay to man the storefront outposts in small cities and towns like this one, far from the state head >>>


      CAT SURVIVES 1' DAYS WITH JAR ON HEAD
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     BARTLETT, Tenn. –– Tabitha Cain has fed a feral cat she calls Wild Oats for several years, but now she‘s thinking of changing the feline‘s name to Survivor.

That‘s because she says the cat survived for 1' days with a peanut butter jar stuck on its head.

"We tried >>>


      COUPLE ARRESTED IN ARMORED CAR CO. HEIST
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     CLEVELAND –– A couple wanted in the disappearance of $7 million in cash and checks from an armored car company was arrested Saturday in West Virginia, the FBI said.

Roger Lee Dillon, 22, and his girlfriend, Nicole N. Boyd, 24, were arrested early Saturday morning outside Beckley, FBI Special Agent S >>>


      FBI INFORMANT‘S ROLE EMERGES IN COURT HEARING
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By John ChristoffersenAssociated PressSunday, December 2, 2007; A14 NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– William Chrisman had three wives and nine children to support, he had a felony criminal record, and he struggled with panic attacks. Nevertheless, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he was determined to assist t >>>


      GIRL SCOUT RECEIVES AWARD, 6' YEARS LATE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     GRAND CHUTE, Wis. –– A Girl Scout who failed to receive a Golden Eaglet Award because she woke up with the mumps finally got the accolade _ 6' years later.

Faith Iames Schremp, 86, joined Girl Scouts in 1'38 and earned all the proficiency badges needed to win the award.

But the morn >>>


      GIULIANI TOUTS HIS LOW–TAX STANCE IN NH
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     STRATHAM, N.H. –– Republican Rudy Giuliani is trying to make up for lost time in New Hampshire by cutting to the chase with low–tax talk likely to resonate in a state whose lack of income tax speaks to the political leanings of its GOP primary voters.

The former New York mayor, wrapping up his >>>


      HUCKABEE HOPES FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE BOOST
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     AM CONCORD, N.H. –– Barely a blip on New Hampshire‘s political radar screen a month ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is generating buzz, curiosity and speculation that a decent showing here could secure his spot in the top tier of GOP presidential contenders.

Few expect Huckabee, a form >>>


      HUSBAND SUSPECT IN WIFE‘S DISAPPEARANCE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Kultar Goraya is admittedly nervous _ and for good reason.

His wife, Rupinder, disappeared two months ago. Police say he is the only "person of interest" and they can‘t get a single straight story out of him.

Soon after Rupinder vanished, he abandoned his >>>


      IMUS RETURNS TO RADIO ON MONDAY
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     NEW YORK –– Will Don Imus be defiant or contrite? Will he mock his skeptics while making his triumphant return to radio Monday.

Or will he muzzle his mouth? "That question is part of the drama of his reemergence," said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, an industry trade jour >>>


      IN CHICAGO, CHOICE TO HEAD POLICE DEPT. A CONTROVERSIAL ONE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     CHICAGO –– Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has chosen a new superintendent for the city‘s scandal–plagued police department from outside its ranks for the first time in more than 40 years, naming Philadelphia‘s top FBI agent to the post.

In making the appointment, Daley followed in >>>


      JUDGE: TRIAL STAYS PUT DESPITE BLOG FUSS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –– A federal magistrate has denied a motion to relocate a black man‘s trial in the carjacking deaths of a white couple because of heavy attention from news media, especially conservative bloggers.

Eric Boyd is charged as an accessory after the fact in the killings of Channon C >>>


      KENNEDY CENTER HONORS FOR 5
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– From "Good Vibrations" to "Goodfellas," Brian Wilson and Martin Scorsese scored. Steve Martin strutted as one of the "wild and crazy guys." Diana Ross sang to Motown stardom. Pianist Leon Fleisher surmounted a debilitating injury.

Their contributions to Am >>>


      KY. FRAUD TRIAL FEATURES FAMOUS FIREARMS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     LOUISVILLE, Ky. –– The evidence will look like a prop list from a John Wayne movie when three antique gun enthusiasts go on trial Monday on charges of bilking a millionaire collector.

Buffalo Bill‘s Winchester rifle. A pair of Colt six–shooters owned by Gen. George Custer. Geronimo&lsquo >>>


      MILLIONS OF TAX REFUNDS COULD BE DELAYED
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Silena Davis had counted on an early tax refund to pay for getting her teeth fixed. Now, because Congress has dawdled all year on a tax bill, she and millions of other early filers could have to wait extra weeks for refunds that last year averaged $2,2'1.

The Internal Revenue Servi >>>


      MOST ‘SUPERDELEGATES‘ REMAIN UNCOMMITTED
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– New Hampshire and Iowa will have to wait.

The nation‘s first presidential primary, for Democrats anyway, is being waged among hundreds of party insiders _ superdelegates who could play a big part in selecting the nominee at next summer‘s national convention.

So >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     Student Says Alleged Bombs Were Fireworks TAMPA –– A University of South Florida student charged with trying to aid terrorists says the alleged explosives found in his possession were just cheap fireworks that could travel only a few feet, according to a court filing.

Ahmed Mohamed said he made the >>>


      OBSTACLES LOOM IN NKOREA NUCLEAR TALKS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Even as the Bush administration marks unprecedented progress in North Korean nuclear disarmament talks, two looming impediments could undermine years of delicate negotiations.

One is a suspicion, especially among U.S. conservatives, that North Korea has helped Syria pursue a nuclear we >>>


      POLICE: TRUCKERS SAY PETERSON SOUGHT AID
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     PM CHICAGO –– Two truckers said a former police officer suspected in his wife‘s disappearance may have asked them early on the day she was reported missing to carry a package for him, police said Saturday.

The truckers said two men, including a man they now believe was former Bolingbrook polic >>>


      POLICE: TRUCKERS SAY PETERSON SOUGHT AID
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     CHICAGO –– Two truckers said a former police officer suspected in his wife‘s disappearance may have asked them early on the day she was reported missing to carry a package for him, police said Saturday.

The truckers said two men, including a man they now believe was former Bolingbrook police o >>>


      SAN FRANCISCO OFFERS GIFT CARDS FOR GUNS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     SAN FRANCISCO –– A man carrying a semiautomatic handgun approached a group of San Francisco police officers Saturday afternoon and, with a smile, handed over the pistol in exchange for $150 in gift cards.

"I used to fire it at bottles or do some plinking in the woods," said the gun‘s >>>


      SECRECY INVOKED ON ABRAMOFF LAWSUITS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration is laying out a new secrecy defense in an effort to end a court battle about the White House visits of now–imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The administration agreed last year to produce all responsive records about the visits "without redactions or >>>


      SNOW AND ICE HIT MIDWEST STATES
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Snow and ice plastered a wide area of the Midwest on Saturday, interrupting campaigning by presidential hopefuls, disrupting airport and highway traffic and killing at least three people.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm and ice warnings across parts of Nebraska, >>>


      SNOW, ICE STORM RIPS ACROSS NORTHERN US
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– A snow storm headed to the Northeast on Sunday after plastering a wide area of the Midwest the day before, disrupting airport and highway traffic and killing at least three people.

Hundreds of flights were canceled at airports in Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee on Saturday, wit >>>


      TEXAS HOSPITAL MAY DROP ILLEGALS‘ CARE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     GALVESTON, Texas –– The University of Texas Medical Branch may stop offering cancer care to indigent and undocumented immigrants in order to cut costs.

The UTMB set aside about $12 million in this year‘s $1.4 billion annual budget to treat indigent cancer patients, but that isn‘t enough >>>


      THE MAN WHO HELPED START HUCKABEE‘S ROLL
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee‘s surge in Iowa, from single digits in the polls to a virtual tie for the lead among Republicans, has captivated the political world and prompted speculation about just how he did it.

The Fix may have found the answer: a physician from Montgomery, Ala., named Randy B >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     AM –– A winter storm packing snow, freezing rain and sleet was expected to move into the Northeast on Sunday, while heavy rain was expected in the Northwest and frigid temperatures in the Rockies.

The storm was expected to move from the Plains and Mississippi Valley to the Northeast, bringing snow t >>>


      THOMPSON WARNS OF WELFARE STATE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. –– Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Saturday that election of a Democrat to the White House in 2008 would open the way for a welfare state where bigger government, higher taxes and defense cutbacks sap the country‘s economic and military strength.

" >>>


      TRIAL WITNESSES KEPT SECRET AT GITMO
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –– A U.S. military judge has ordered attorneys for a Guantanamo detainee accused of killing a U.S. soldier not to reveal the identities of trial witnesses to anybody, including their Canadian–born client, according to recently released documents.

The ruling was issued in >>>


      A WONKISH ROMNEY TURNS UP ON THE TRAIL
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     DUBUQUE, Iowa –– Mitt Romney loves statistics. The former venture capitalist pores over charts and grafs. He analyzes situations and data from every angle. It‘s little wonder, then, that as he campaigns for president, the Republican sometimes shows his wonkish side.

Romney‘s inclination >>>


      ABUNDANCE OF WARMTH AT DEMOCRATIC FORUM
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     A06 DES MOINES, Dec. 1 –– Could former senator John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama be considering a truce?

For a brief moment Saturday night, that unlikely prospect suddenly appeared possible.

Democratic presidential candidates had gathered here for the Brown and Black Forum, a panel on mino >>>


      D.C. TAX SCANDAL AT $44.3 MILLION, ANALYSIS FINDS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Carol D. Leonnig and Dan KeatingWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, December 2, 2007; A01 The D.C. government issued more than $44 million in questionable property tax refunds in the past nine years –– more than double the amount that prosecutors have declared to be missing in a massive theft of city mon >>>


      DEMOCRATS GEAR UP FOR FINAL APPEAL TO UNDECIDED IOWANS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     December 2, 2007; A01 CARROLL, Iowa –– Work hard for Hillary Clinton and get an invitation to visit with her in the Sac City fire station before a rally.

Commit to John Edwards and ride his bus to the next stop. Volunteer for Barack Obama and grab a ticket to see him with Oprah Winfrey. Barely a mon >>>


      WINTRY STORM CURBS CAMPAIGNING IN IOWA
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Anne E. KornblutWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 2, 2007; A06 DES MOINES, Dec. 1 –– And now for something else the Clinton campaign cannot control: the weather.

An ice storm moved across the Midwest on Saturday, forcing former president Bill Clinton to cancel an organizing event for h >>>


      BHUTTO: GROWTH KEY TO DEFEATING REBELS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto warned Sunday that "foreign forces" could enter Pakistan unless the government re–establishes control in tribal border areas that have become militant hotbeds since the U.S.–led invasion of neighboring Afghanistan.

The >>>


      CALCULATING THE RISKS IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 2, 2007; A20 A small group of U.S. military experts and intelligence officials convened in Washington for a classified war game last year, exploring strategies for securing Pakistan‘s nuclear arsenal if the country‘s political institutions and mi >>>


      CASTRO NOMINATED FOR CUBAN PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     HAVANA –– City council officials in eastern Cuba nominated Fidel Castro for a parliament seat Sunday, a position the ailing 81–year–old must hold if he wants to remain the communist–run island‘s president after national elections in January.

The nomination was another step in >>>


      CHAVEZ FOR LIFE? VENEZUELANS TO VOTE ON RE–ELECTION
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted in a tightly contested referendum on Sunday on whether to allow left–wing President Hugo Chavez to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections or hand him his first defeat at the polls.

The anti–Washington firebrand, who has easily won one elec >>>


      CHAVEZ SEEKS SWEEPING CHANGES IN VOTE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez would consolidate power and no longer face term limits if Venezuelans approve sweeping constitutional changes Sunday in a contentious vote that has riven South America‘s top oil exporter.

An emboldened opposition and recent violent clashes involving >>>


      CHILE‘S FLOURISHING FISH FARMS PROMPT FEARS FOR ECOSYSTEM
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 2, 2007; A20 PUERTO MONTT, Chile –– Newcomers to Patagonia can‘t even make it out of the airport here without encountering a stunning view of sparkling Lake Llanquihue, with the snow–peaked cone of Osorno volcano rising in the backgroun >>>


      COLOMBIAN HOSTAGE ‘LIVING LIKE THE DEAD‘
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– A former presidential candidate held by leftist rebels describes in an emotional letter how she has lost her hair, appetite and hope after nearly six years constantly on the move in Colombia‘s jungles.

The letter, along with videos released by government officials Friday, w >>>


      DEATH TOLL FOR IRAQIS FALLS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     BAGHDAD –– The number of Iraqis killed last month fell to 718, an Associated Press tally showed, the lowest monthly death toll since just before the 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine provoked a vicious cycle of retaliatory sectarian violence.

The figures come as the military says violence has fallen t >>>


      FIDEL CASTRO NAMED ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) – Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro was nominated on Sunday for a seat in the National Assembly, a sign he may not be planning to step down as head of state despite struggling to recover from a long illness.

Castro, 81, handed over power temporarily to his brother Raul 16 months ag >>>


      GERMANS TAKE PRIDE IN THE WURST
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 2, 2007; A27 WEIMAR, Germany –– It‘s the German version of the chicken–or–the–egg conundrum: Which was regulated first, beer or bratwurst?

For centuries, brewers seemed to have history on their side. As evidence >>>


      HONG KONG VOTES IN SYMBOLIC BY–ELECTION
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong voters cast ballots on Sunday in a legislative by–election, a contest which has been likened to a referendum on democracy in the city that returned to Chinese rule 10 years ago.

The election on Hong Kong island pits two charismatic former civil servants –– >>>


      IRAN SAYS SANCTIONS WON‘T HELP END NUCLEAR ROW
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Further U.N. sanctions will not solve the row with the West over Iran‘s disputed nuclear plans, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, a day after six world powers discussed imposing new penalties on Tehran.

The powers met in Paris on Saturday after the European Union‘ >>>


      OLMERT PLAYS DOWN PEACE DEAL CHANCES BY END OF 2008
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday played down expectations for a peace deal with the Palestinians before the end of 2008 as laid out at a U.S.–sponsored peace conference last week.

"We will make an effort to hold speedy negotiations in the hope we may conclude b >>>


      ONLY MARGIN IS IN QUESTION IN RUSSIAN VOTE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 2, 2007; A21 MOSCOW, Dec. 1 –– Russians go to the polls Sunday ostensibly to elect a parliament, but that order of business has been almost completely sidelined by a campaign designed and run by the leading pro–Kremlin party as a referendum o >>>


      PALESTINIAN CENSUS CALLED OFF
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Gaza‘s Hamas rulers ordered census workers Sunday to halt the first Palestinian population count in a decade, derailing a rare joint endeavor with the rival Fatah movement.

Hamas had agreed to cooperate with the census, which is being conducted by President Mahmoud Abb >>>


      REBEL CAPTIVE WRITES OF LOST HOPE, HEALTH
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Vivian SequeraAssociated PressSunday, December 2, 2007; A24 BOGOTA, Colombia, Dec. 1 –– A former presidential candidate held by Marxist rebels describes in an emotional letter how she has lost her hair, appetite and hope after nearly six years constantly on the move in Colombia‘s jungles.

T >>>


      RUSSIA VOTES FOR PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election likely to give President Vladimir Putin‘s party a big victory, but opposition figures said there was widespread fraud.

Pollsters said Putin‘s United Russia party was expected to win a majority of up to 65 percent of votes, >>>


      RUSSIA VOTES SUNDAY FOR PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     MOSCOW –– Russians voted Sunday in a parliamentary election so dominated by President Vladimir Putin‘s party that the only real question was whether it would win a strong majority of seats or a gargantuan, crushing share.

The election follows months of increasingly acidic rhetoric aimed agains >>>


      RUSSIANS HEAD TO POLLS IN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 2, 2007;
11:41 AM MOSCOW, Dec. 2 –– Russians went to the polls Sunday ostensibly to elect a parliament, but that order of business has been almost completely sidelined by a campaign designed and run by the leading pro–Kremlin party as a r >>>


      SAUDI RAPE RULING PUTS GOVT ON DEFENSIVE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     PM CAIRO, Egypt –– Saudi Arabia is bristling at international criticism over the sentencing of a rape victim to prison and 200 lashes, insisting the West should stay out of its legal system. But the case could empower voices for change in the kingdom‘s Islamic courts.

The punishment of the &qu >>>


      SOMALI GROUP: 5,'60 KILLED THIS YEAR
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Violence in Somalia‘s war–ravaged capital has killed 5,'60 civilians this year, a human rights group said Sunday.

Sudan Ali Ahmed, chairman of Somalia‘s Elman Human Rights, also said 7,'80 people were wounded and more than 700,000 displaced from their >>>


      SOMALIA PM WANTS DIALOGUE; 6,000 DEAD THIS YEAR
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia‘s new prime minister called on Sunday for dialogue with Islamist–led opponents to end an insurgency that a rights group says has killed nearly 6,000 civilians so far this year.

The Elman Peace and Human Rights Organisation said it had verified 5,'30 deaths, 7, >>>


      SOUTH AFRICA‘S MBEKI MAY CALL EARLY POLLS IF LOSES ANC
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Thabo Mbeki has said he does not rule out an early national election if he loses the race to lead the ruling ANC to Jacob Zuma.

"I have not thought about that one. We haven‘t got there yet. I don‘t know. It‘s possible, it‘s poss >>>


      STRONG QUAKE HITS INDONESIA‘S JAVA ISLAND
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook the western part of Indonesia‘s Java island on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, the meteorology agency said.

The undersea quake had a depth of 32 km (20 miles) and was centered 78 km southe >>>


      STUDENTS BECOME POTENT ADVERSARY TO CH'3;VEZ VISION
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 2, 2007; A20 CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 1 –– Pro–government gunmen have shot at them, and the president has called them "fascists" and "spoiled brats" who will stop at nothing to oust him.

But an eclectic group of >>>


      TOP U.S. OFFICIAL URGES POLITICAL PROGRESS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has said Iraq‘s leaders need to build on security gains by making more political progress, especially in passing key laws to boost national reconciliation.

With violence sharply down in Iraq, attention has focused on whether the >>>


      TURKEY REAFFIRMS ARMY‘S RIGHT TO ACT IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul reaffirmed on Sunday Turkey‘s readiness and right to intervene in northern Iraq one day after the Turkish army said it carried out an operation there against Kurdish rebels.

Kurdish officials in Iraq insisted on Sunday that there had been no Turkish >>>


      U.S. ENVOY, AFTER TOUR OF IRAQ, SEEKS END TO POLITICAL IMPASSE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     BAGHDAD, Dec. 1 –– The Bush administration, concerned that recent security gains in Iraq may be undermined by continuing political gridlock, is pushing the Iraqi government to complete long–delayed reform legislation within six months.

"Some will tell you, ‘No problem,‘ " >>>


      U.S. SEEKS IRAQ POLITICAL GAINS; SUNNIS END BOYCOTT
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     AM BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq must take advantage of improved security and enact laws aimed at reconciliation or risk a resumption of sectarian violence, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said on Sunday.

In a positive political development, the main Sunni Arab bloc called off a boycott of parli >>>


      UK LAWMAKERS TO MEET SUDAN PRESIDENT OVER TEACHER
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Two British Muslim politicians will meet Sudan‘s president on Monday, sources said, raising hopes they could win the early release of a British woman jailed for allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammad.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, was sentenced on Thursday to 15 days in jail an >>>


      VENEZUELANS TO VOTE ON CONSTITUTION REFORM
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted in a tightly contested referendum on Sunday on whether to allow left–wing President Hugo Chavez to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections or hand him his first defeat at the polls.

The anti–Washington firebrand, who has easily won one elec >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     SUDAN Britons Seek Teacher‘s Release Two British Parliament members met officials in Sudan on Saturday to try to secure the release of a British teacher imprisoned for naming a teddy bear Muhammad, and they said later that the Khartoum government wants to resolve the case.

Sayeeda Warsi and Nazir Ahmed, M >>>


      YOUNGER MUSLIMS TUNE IN TO UPBEAT RELIGIOUS MESSAGE
      Washington Post, 02-12-2007
     A01 CAIRO –– Muna el–Leboudy, a 22–year–old medical student, had a terrible secret: She wanted to be a filmmaker. The way she understood her Muslim faith, it was haram –– forbidden –– to dabble in movies, music or any art that might pique sexual desires.

The >>>


      AFRICA ISRAEL‘S FORECAST: STABLE PRICES FOR LUXURY APARTMENTS
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Arik Mirovsky Tags: Lev Leviev, Real Estate The prices for luxury apartments in Tel Aviv will not change much in the coming years, neither up nor down. That is the forecast in the prices paid by Lev Leviev‘s Africa Israel for the Sumayil real estate project.

The $245,000–per–apartment price >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File del.icio.us Digg It! new Business in Brief The Histadrut labor federation and the contractors division of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce are negotiating an agreement to provide pension benefits to security guards and cleaning workers. The pension >>>


      IEC PLANNING TO FIRE 1,000 WORKERS WITHIN TWO YEARS
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: IEC, economy, Israel The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is planning the biggest round of firings in its history: management is formulating a plan to cut 1,000 workers within two years.

In addition, the IEC is planning on changing its salary structure, with larger incentive payments >>>


      LEVIEV TAKING OVER SUMAYIL PROJECT IN CENTER OF TEL AVIV
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Arik Mirovsky Tags: Lev Leviev, Tal Aviv, Israel Lev Leviev‘s Africa Israel is taking over the Sumayil building project, named after the Arab village that once existed in what is now a busy part of Tel Aviv. The project is a joint initiative between the Tel Aviv municipality and private developers, and will inc >>>


      THE DECEMBER RALLY
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Shlomi Sheffer Tags: market report, tase Almost 30 percent – that is the TA–25‘s yield for the first 11 months of the year.

This is an incredible number, and no matter how hard you look, it will be impossible to find anyone who predicted at the beginning of 2007 that Tel Aviv‘s blue c >>>


      DANINO‘S DOCTRINE
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Amir Oren Tags: police, Bank Leumi, Israel ions, can only regret that this doctrine came too late for them. From now on, it will no longer be necessary to wait for a trial and see whether the defense succeeds in creating a reasonable doubt. It will be enough for a police officer, a head of the Investigations Division >>>


      IT‘S HARD TO BE WEANED OFF ZELEKHA
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Ehud Asheri Tags: Yaron Zelekha, Israel The natural tendency is to view the Ehud Olmert–Bank Leumi case in terms of a western; as a moral showdown between the good guys and bad guys. The problem is that the scriptwriter is a wise guy. Instead of deciding who is the good guy and who is the scoundrel, he left the >>>


      LONGING FOR DERI
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Gideon Levy Tags: Shas, Israel, Eli Yishai In a tailored suit, his beard well groomed, and no longer bespectacled, Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai shuttled from interview to interview: "Nothing will emerge from Annapolis." This minister of nothing now constitutes the government‘s right–wing ben >>>


      ONE PA – WITH HAMAS
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Hamas, Israel, Annapolis As much as the Annapolis conference sought to be "in favor" of the peace process, it measured its success in its ability to be "against" – against Iran, against Hezbollah, against Syria and against Hamas. This is an ostensibly simple and convin >>>


      THE ENEMY WITHIN
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: IDF, Israel Three Israel Defense Force soldiers were killed and more than 10 were injured in accidents over the past month. More than terrorist organizations, the enemy within has struck at the IDF in the form of mishaps, carelessness and even gross negligence. Each of these accidents apparent >>>


      5 GET ORGANS OF MAN KILLED IN TANK MISHAP
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Yuval Azoulay The organs of Israel Defense Forces soldier Ma‘ayan Rottenberg, 18, who died Friday from injuries sustained while performing routine maintenance on a tank, were donated to five people in Israel and Germany this weekend.

Three men and one woman in Israel received Rottenberg‘s heart, >>>


      BEDOUIN HOLD WORKSHOP ON AVOIDING VILLAGE PLANNING MISTAKES
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Mijal Grinberg The residents of Abu Talul say they want to avoid the consequences of misguided government planning that other Bedouin villages suffered in the process of being recognized by the state: "We want to take part in planning the village," says their leader, Atia al–Assam.

For the pa >>>


      ENVOY: MORE IRAN SANCTIONS POSSIBLE
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By The Associated Press PARIS – Leading international powers may have an agreement within weeks on a third U.N. sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program, a French diplomat said after high–level talks in Paris yesterday.

"The meeting was held in a positive spirit. The elements >>>


      IDF KILLS 5 HAMAS MEMBERS, ANOTHER ARMED MAN IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Avi Issacharoff, Yuval Azoulay and Jonathan Lis Six armed Palestinians were killed by the Israel Defense Forces in two incidents in the Gaza Strip yesterday. Five of the dead were Hamas members.

In the first incident, which occured east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, the five Hamas members were hi >>>


      ISRAEL AWAITS COURT CALL ON GAZA POWER CUT
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Yuval Yoaz The defense establishment does not intend to begin reducing electricity from Israel to the Gaza Strip until it receives a green light from the High Court of Justice, legal officials said over the weekend.

The statement came after the High Court ruling on Friday that the state must provide clarific >>>


      NOBODY CHECKED: WARDS OF THE STATE GOING UNMONITORED – BUT NOT FOR LONG
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Ruth Sinai The Justice Ministry plans to establish a unit for monitoring the guardians assigned to tens of thousands of helpless people. Currently there is no documentation of guardians, nor oversight of their activity, despite their being entrusted with the welfare and health of the country‘s weakest people wi >>>


      NOW STAFFING EILAT HOTELS: NEW OLIM
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Ruth Sinai Vacationers in Eilat who take the trouble to glance at the name tags of the staff waiting on them will notice the change that has swept through the personnel landscape at hotels in this resort town. John from Ghana has been replaced by Carlos from Chile; Sanjib from India has been replaced by Tatiana from >>>


      PARENTS SPLIT OVER HOLDING STRIKE
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Or Kashti Conflicting statements by two parents‘ groups regarding a school strike today – and categorical announcements from the Education Ministry and Israel Teachers Union (ITU) that school will take place as usual – left pupils and parents reeling this weekend. Today will reveal the precise exten >>>


      RUSSIAN ELECTION: MUCH FANFARE, BUT MIDDLING ENTHUSIASM
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By The Associated Press MOSCOW – Russians head to the polls today with great official fanfare but doubtful enthusiasm, in a parliamentary election so dominated by President Vladimir Putin‘s party that the opposition is virtually invisible.

The only question about the vote for the State Duma being de >>>


      SECURITY AND PROPORTIONALITY IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Ze‘ev Segal The High Court of Justice‘s decision on Friday to delay reducing electricity to Gaza until the court can review details about implementation continues the court‘s intervention in security matters. The court itself is under criticism from various parties as the justice minister proposes a >>>


      SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN FIVE WEEKEND ROAD ACCIDENTS
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz Service , By Fadi Eyadat, Jack Khoury and Mijal Grinberg Six people were killed over the weekend in road accidents across Israel.

Last night a man around age 60 died when his car flipped on Route 66' near Kibbutz Alfa.

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      SPANISH OFFICER KILLED BY ALLEGED BASQUE SEPARATISTS IN FRANCE
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By The Associated Press PARIS – A Spanish civil guard was shot and killed yesterday by suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA in southwest France, officials said, the first death involving the group since it abandoned a cease–fire in June.

The suspects, two men and a woman, later briefly k >>>


      STATE: LEUMI–OLMERT FILE STILL OPEN
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Yuval Yoaz Sources in the State Prosecutor‘s Office expressed misgivings over the weekend about reports that the designated state prosecutor, Moshe Lador, intends to adopt the police‘s recommendation to close the investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Bank Leumi privatization case.
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      STRIKING LECTURERS TO INCREASE PROTEST MEASURES, PARTNER WITH JUNIOR STAFF
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Tamara Traubmann Striking senior university faculty members are planning to increase coordination with junior staff members and students, and to take more visible protest measures, as their strike enters its fourth week today.

The Coordinating Council of Faculty Associations is planning steps including shutt >>>


      STUDY: U.S., ISRAEL SHOULD START TALKS ON HOW TO ATTACK IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Aluf Benn Israel and the United States should begin an intense dialogue on ways to deal with Iran‘s nuclear plans and should study ways to attack Iran‘s nuclear facilities, a new study states.

The report, by a former deputy head of the National Security Council, Chuck Freilich, says Israel and th >>>


      TEACHERS FEAR COURT MAY ORDER THEM BACK TO WORK TODAY
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Or Kashti The Secondary School Teachers Association (SSTA) said yesterday it is concerned that the National Labor Court today will order the striking high school teachers back to work.

Meanwhile, the National Parents Organization announced a strike in grades 1–12 today in support of the striking teache >>>


      TURKISH ARMY FIRES AT KURDISH REBELS ON IRAQI TERRITORY
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By The Associated Press ISTANBUL – The Turkish military said yesterday it fired on a group of 50 to 60 Kurdish rebels inside Iraqi territory, inflicting significant losses.

It did not say whether Turkish troops had crossed the border into Iraq. Advertisement Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday >>>


      U.S. TAKES BACK UN DRAFT DUE TO ISRAEL‘S OBJECTIONS
      Haaretz, 02-12-2007
     By Haaretz Correspondents and AP , By Shlomo Shamir and Avi Issacharoff The United States on Friday withdrew a UN Security Council draft resolution endorsing the Israeli–Palestinian Annapolis agreement after Israeli leaders objected to it. The move came just a few hours before the Security Council was to vote on t >>>



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